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Indonesia Open: PV Sindhu, B Sai Praneeth enter quarters

Bali, November 25

Top Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and B Sai Praneeth progressed to the quarterfinals but former champion Kidambi Srikanth made an early exit in the second round of the Indonesia Open Super 1000 tournament here today.

Two-time Olympics medallist Sindhu hardly broke a sweat to win the second round clash 21-12 21-18 over Germany’s Yvonne Li, the world No. 26, in 37 minutes at the $850,000 event. In the women’s singles quarterfinals, third-seeded Sidhu will face South Korea’s Sim Yujin.

In the men’s singles, Praneeth staved off a challenge from France’s world No. 70 Christo Popov, claiming a 21-17 14-21 21-19 win in a contest that lasted an hour and 23 minutes. The world No. 16 Indian will meet the Olympics champion and former world No. 1 Viktor Axelsen, who ended Srikanth’s campaign beating him 21-14 21-18 in 37 minutes.

The sixth-seeded pairing of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also survived a scare against South Korea’s Kang Minhyuk and Seo Seungjae, prevailing 21-15 19-21 23-21 in a thrilling men’s doubles match to make it to the last-eight.

The Indian pair will face Malaysians Goh Sze Fei and Nur Izzuddin next. — PTI

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